Voice of Our Veterans – South Dakota State Veterans Home (Documentary; 52:10)

I’ve been working on this project for the past couple months and while the original plan was to intersperse Ken Burns-style documentary segments with the history of the State Veterans Home between each of the topics discussed by the residents of the State Home during the oral history sections, I was given a deadline and had to cut all of that and focus strictly on the interviews. The pacing is, of course, a little slow due to the nature of the interviews, but it was a great honor to meet these men who served their country.

Some of their stories had me rolling, some had me contemplating the purpose of war, but all were compelling. One gentleman, a WWII vet, came prepared with a pre-written biography and many off-the-cuff stories, many of which had to be left out unfortunately for time’s sake. I will probably release those later on as they are too good not to be put out.

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